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Food:
  • If you get a piece of eggshell in with the eggs while cracking them, use the other half of the eggshell to fish it out instead of trying to use your fingers or anything else.
  • If you want to separate the yolk from the white, take an empty clean water bottle, squeeze the bottle, place the mouth over the yolk and slowly release the bottle. The yolk will get sucked up into the bottle with minimal/no white.
  • When boiling eggs, add 1/4 teaspoon baking soda to the water. Makes them really easy to peel and doesn't affect the taste.
  • If you have a room temperature bottle (and esp can) that you want to get cold fast, wrap a wet paper towel around it and put it in the freezer. It'll be ice cold pretty quickly.
  • Microwave rice from TJ's
  • Open a can of corn,put salt pepper and cheese on top, microwave or oven it (super easy lunch)
  • 2 slices of old pizza from the fridge, lay them cheese sides on top of each other and put them in a sandwich maker. Instant calzone.
  • For chulent of course.. Using only navy beans, chulent mix a big no no.
  • If you're going to freeze ground beef, put it in a gallon ziploc and squeeze/spread it flat to fill the bag. You can stack them in the freezer and it'll defrost much faster (without the outside spoiling while the inside is still frozen).
  • To easily melt a small amount of chocolate / butter, put it in a ziploc bag and put that into a mug of hot water for a few minutes. No mess! You can cut a hole in the corner to pipe chocolate too.
  • Shredded cheese lasts longer in the freezer, but will clump up, before freezing add a little bit of cornstarch (1tbs) and shake vigorously. The pieces will stay separate and it'll be easy to use.
  • To cool down baby food without blowing at it (which may add your bacteria to the food) wave your hand at it.
Travel:
  • If you want a hot meal on any plane, bring a tradition soup or oatmeal packet and use the free hot water they offer with tea. Great for traveling in general.
  • Before you go on a long flight, freeze a JJ cappuccino.  If it's frozen they let it on the plane. Once you get up from your nap on the plane there is nothing as refreshing as an iced cappuccino. It should still be freezing but not frozen.
  • When packing a suitcase, put your socks inside your shoes. It will save a little space and stop your shoes from getting crushed.
  • The aisle seat armrest usually has a little button underneath by the hinge that allows you to lift it. Makes it much easier to get in and out of your seat, especially if your tray table is open with stuff on it.
  • When we go on trips My wife packs the childrens clothing in individual ziplocs for each day of our trip. Like that she doesn't have to look for all the matching stuff.
Computers:
  • You can open links a in new tab by clicking with the scroll wheel.

    Quickly toggle between tabs.

    1) Excel and most internet browsers: Ctrl + PgUp/Dn
    2) Google Sheets: Ctrl + Shift + PgUpDn
    3) chrome: control-tab / control-shift-tab
  • Widows+V will open up your clipboard with all recent stuff copied.
Every day/Home:
  • If you are drilling into a wall, open an envelope and tape the flap to the wall under where you are drilling and it catches all the plaster/dust that comes out. Makes cleanup after a small drilling a breeze
  • Open glass jars with rubber gloves, Or a rubber band around the lid.
  • When you first open a bottle of soda or seltzer or pop, begin by slowly turning the cap one-quarter turn and wait about 10 seconds, watching for the small bubbles to slow down, and listening as the sssst of escaping gas gets quieter.  Then turn another 1/4 turn, and wait another 10 seconds till it quiets down.
  • If you get chewing gum on your clothes, put the clothes in the freezer for a bit, it will be much easier to remove the gum afterwards.
Stores:

  • Check out at the pharmacy in the grocery store when the regular lines are long.
Perscriptions:

  • GoodRX.com, even for meds that are covered. My insurance can have a $15 copay, but coupon from GoodRX gets me the medication for $7. When insurance doesn't cover the medication, it's a fraction of the cost. I've seen discounts of 90%
Holidays:
  • After Yom Tov, especially Pesach, make a spreadsheet. What on the menu went over well with guests and kids. What did you run short on and need to have more next time around. What did you way overbuy on. That way there is no need to reinvent the wheel next year.

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« Reply #105 on: June 11, 2020, 11:31:09 AM »
You're right on the book. In reality so many people refer to it as just betty crocker, or just "the betty", unlike Cuisinart, Braun etc.
I haven't heard anyone call it that until this thread... I guess it depends who you know!
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« Reply #106 on: June 11, 2020, 11:35:22 AM »
I haven't heard anyone call it that until this thread... I guess it depends who you know!
Ask your wife, she'll know better :)

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« Reply #107 on: June 11, 2020, 11:39:54 AM »
You're right on the book. In reality so many people refer to it as just betty crocker, or just "the betty", unlike Cuisinart, Braun etc.
People refer to Betty Crocker pizza makers as Betty Crockers? Seems weird but if that's what people say who am I to argue.
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« Reply #108 on: June 11, 2020, 11:45:39 AM »
Ask your wife, she'll know better :)
Who should she ask?
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« Reply #109 on: June 11, 2020, 11:50:02 AM »
Yea, you're just proving my point.
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« Reply #110 on: June 11, 2020, 12:08:42 PM »
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Wiki added!

Keep the good ideas coming :)

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Wiki added!

Keep the good ideas coming :)

(feel free to add directly to wiki if I missed any.)
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« Reply #113 on: June 11, 2020, 12:32:50 PM »
If you want a hot meal on any plane, bring a tradition soup or oatmeal packet and use the free hot water they offer with tea. Great for traveling in general.
I think dan advises against using airplane hot water...

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All the “tips and tricks from cabin crew” blog posts tell you the same.


Instead of thinking about using airplane hot water, bring an empty insulated water bottle and get free boiling water from any Starbucks or Cafe. Perfect for baby milk bottles or coffee / tea / tradition soup / oatmeal.
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« Reply #114 on: June 11, 2020, 02:02:27 PM »
In a fascinating coincidence, someone just told me "you have to try this new thing we just got, it's called a pizza maker"
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« Reply #115 on: June 11, 2020, 02:24:10 PM »
In a fascinating coincidence, someone just told me "you have to try this new thing we just got, it's called a pizza maker"

Was it your wife? :P
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« Reply #118 on: June 11, 2020, 02:36:48 PM »
@Dan 2 slices of old pizza from the fridge, lay them cheese sides on top of each other and put them in a sandwich maker. Instant calzone. Can also use a waffle machine if you don't have a sandwich/panini maker.
Yup, that's my go-to for leftover pizza.

Cook it in between 2 sheets of parchment paper if you don't want to clean up any mess.
Or unplug the machine and put a wet paper towel into it afterward to clean it.
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« Reply #119 on: June 11, 2020, 02:42:48 PM »
Yup, that's my go-to for leftover pizza.

Cook it in between 2 sheets of parchment paper if you don't want to clean up any mess.
Or unplug the machine and put a wet paper towel into it afterward to clean it.

I think it's brilliant I'm definitely going to try it. We always have a stock of leftover pizza in the fridge.
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